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Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Special counsel Robert Mueller has a midterms problem. With the elections less than three months away, Mueller is running out of time to issue more indictments or announce other major developments in his Russia probe without opening himself up to accusations of attempting to influence Election Day. It's a challenge that has befallen previous federal prosecutors and law enforcement officials, to the point that they now typically refrain from taking prominent actions that could have political ramifications within 60 days of a major election. But there are no clear-cut rules, and both action and inaction can be viewed in hindsight as being politically motivated, something former FBI Director James Comey knows all too well. "It's a double-edged sword," said Stephen Vladeck, a University of Texas law professor. "There comes a point where you are damned if you do, damned if you don't."

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Rightostupid's covering all the angles...LOL!

#1 | Posted by Angrydad at 2018-08-08 06:38 PM | Reply

And none of his indictments have anything to do with what he is suppose to be investigating.

#2 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-08-08 06:38 PM | Reply

#2

Like the whitewater investigation had nothing to do with --------.

Republicans opened this can of worms guess they should have thought about the consequences 20 years ago.

Put that whataboutisim in your pipe and smoke it.

#3 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2018-08-08 07:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#3 If they were capable of that kind of foresight, they wouldn't be republicans.

#2 Hey traitor, read it and weep:


The Special Counsel is authorized to conduct the investigation confirmed by then-FBI
Director James 8. Corney in testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on
Intelligence on March 20, 2017, including:
(i) any links and/or coordination bet ween the Russian government and individuals
associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump; and
(ii) any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation;

#4 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-08-08 07:22 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

How is he supposed to FINISH his obstruction of justice investigation when putin's puppet keeps adding obstruction crimes every few weeks?

Maybe that's trump's strategy - Keep giving him new evidence so the investigation can never be finished, while whining that it's taking too long.

#5 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-08-08 09:40 PM | Reply

LOL, Just more wishful thinking by Trumphumpers and FakeLawyers.

It's all they have left after no one is buying their deflections, whataboutism, and false equivalencies anymore.

#6 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-08-09 06:11 AM | Reply

This is merely a Benghazi investigation for the Left. Replace a "video maker" and random militia groups/terrorists with "Russian hackers" and disinfo people, and there are similarities.

#7 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-08-09 06:21 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

ROC/LCL Trolling again.

#8 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-08-09 06:25 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Mueller is running out of time to issue more indictments or announce other major developments in his Russia probe without opening himself up to accusations of attempting to influence Election Day.

Mueller's not an idiot. This investigation is going well into 2019. So he pumps the brakes on public activity for a couple of months, works sources and intel behind the scenes, and then the day after the midterms he drops about five more indictments.

One problem, however, is that Giuliani planted a seed yesterday that DOJ rules require that the entire investigation be done by September, which is blatantly incorrect. That may not stop him and Trump from repeating that line over and over and then using that falsehood to fire Rosenstein, etc. to get to someone who will fire Mueller. They know their supporters will never read the DOJ rules, and the ones who do will decide they don't care what the rules say.

#9 | Posted by JOE at 2018-08-09 07:20 AM | Reply

Mueller isn't going anywhere and TV Rudy's chatter will do nothing to speed up the work being done.

As for the election, The Dotard isn't running for office in 2018. Many Repubs running are already avoiding Trump like they would a crack in the sidewalk. The President has said he will be campaigning eight days a week for GOP candidates but between his golf game and dwindling invites from around the country this claim will be forgotten in a couple of weeks. How can Muellers probe affect the midterm election if his target isn't running and those of his party largely don't want him around them?

#10 | Posted by catdog at 2018-08-09 07:34 AM | Reply

Rudy is just a dingledorfer is all. Pay him no mind.

#11 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-08-09 07:39 AM | Reply

This is merely a Benghazi investigation for the Left. Replace a "video maker" and random militia groups/terrorists with "Russian hackers" and disinfo people, and there are similarities.

#7 | POSTED BY GONOLES92

How many people were indicted over Benghazi? How many guilty pleas?

Republicans are scum who used the deaths of Americans for their political gain and dragged it out over 2 years (or more) when there was nothing there.

On the other hand, this investigation is not being run by Democrats. It is being run by a registered Republican (Mueller) who was at one point appointed to run the FBI by a Republican President (George W. Bush). And, unlike the attention-whoring Republicans who led the Benghazi investigation, Mueller is doing everything to avoid publicity for his investigation (the only reason it is in the news so much is because Trump talks about it ALL THE TIME). I know it is difficult for someone like you to wrap your head around, but the investigation really just wants to find the TRUTH (actual truth, not what Republicans call truth but what is actually just what they WANT the truth to be).

Your false equivalency is pathetic and somewhat insulting.

But not surprising. Republicans commonly accusing Democrats of doing the immoral/illegal things that they already do (corruption, nepotism, adultery, voter fraud, leeching off welfare, tax fraud). But it is not surprising. Your (Republican) morality is flexible enough that YOU would do these things for personal gain if given the opportunity, so you assume the Democrats must be doing it too. You can't understand or empathize with anyone who ACTUALLY has morals so assume everyone has your same lack of morals and must do what you would do in their place.

#12 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2018-08-09 09:45 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

How many people were indicted over Benghazi? How many guilty pleas? - #12 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2018-08-09 09:45 AM
The same as the number who have been indicted or plead guilty to illegal collusion with Russia.
There might be one:
Richard Pinedo a California man who sold bank account numbers created using the stolen identities of US citizens to people or entities outside of the United States.

#13 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-08-09 10:25 AM | Reply

This is merely a Benghazi investigation for the Left. Replace a "video maker" and random militia groups/terrorists with "Russian hackers" and disinfo people, and there are similarities.

#7 | Posted by GOnoles92

Yeah replace fake propaganda with actual facts and it's the exact same thing.

People are already in jail for trump's campaign scandals.
How many people are in jail for bengazi again?

#14 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-08-09 10:59 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

This is merely a Benghazi investigation for the Left. Replace a "video maker" and random militia groups/terrorists with "Russian hackers" and disinfo people, and there are similarities.

#7 | POSTED BY GONOLES92

How many people were indicted over Benghazi? How many guilty pleas?

About the same number of indictments issued by lurch for colusion and obstruction.

#15 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-08-09 11:31 AM | Reply

About the same number of indictments issued by lurch for colusion and obstruction.

You'd be kicking and screaming yourself into a straightjacket if he ever issued those indictments, so just admit Mueller can do no right in your eyes and STFU.

#16 | Posted by JOE at 2018-08-09 11:35 AM | Reply

This is merely a Benghazi investigation for the Left. Replace a "video maker" and random militia groups/terrorists with "Russian hackers" and disinfo people, and there are similarities.
#7 | POSTED BY GONOLES92
How many people were indicted over Benghazi? How many guilty pleas?
About the same number of indictments issued by lurch for colusion and obstruction.
#15 | POSTED BY SNIPER

Hey Stupid,

Mueller wasn't appointed to investigate collusion and obstruction only. He was appointed to "to ensure a full and thorough investigation of the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election." Order No. 3915-2017.

He was authorized to investigate: coordination AND/OR links between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign, any matters that arise indirectly from the investigation, and other matters within the scope of 28 C.F.R. 600.4(a).

Please shut up and stop wasting our time.

#17 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-08-09 12:33 PM | Reply

Sycophant,

I think you failed to put the critical piece in bold.

He was authorized to investigate: coordination AND/OR links between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign, any matters that arise indirectly from the investigation, and other matters within the scope of 28 C.F.R. 600.4(a).

THAT is what resulted in the Manafort indictment, even though it had nothing to do with Russian meddling, it was still part of the mandate of the investigation.

#18 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-08-09 12:50 PM | Reply

Trump is agreeing to be interviewed by Manafort, but not about collusion.

Anybody want to guess why? Anybody with a brain that is....

#19 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-08-09 01:25 PM | Reply

Trump is agreeing to be interviewed by Manafort, but not about collusion.
Anybody want to guess why? Anybody with a brain that is....

POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY AT 2018-08-09 01:25 PM | REPLY

Mueller???

Bueller bueller bueller.

#20 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-08-09 01:28 PM | Reply

Anybody want to guess why? Anybody with a brain that is.... -#19 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-08-09 01:25 PM

Good to see that you are aware that those without brains have already made their guess.

#21 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-08-09 01:35 PM | Reply

Good to see that you are aware that those without brains have already made their guess.

#21 | Posted by Avigdore

Those with brains don't need to guess. Occum's razor.

Tons of people around the president have already been caught lying about or omitting interactions with russia.
Trump fired people to stop the investigation into russia.
Trump does whatever putin wants.
Trump refuses to answer mueller's questions about collusion.

There is one simple theory in which all of this makes perfect sense.

#22 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-08-09 01:40 PM | Reply

How many people were indicted over Benghazi? How many guilty pleas? - #12 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2018-08-09 09:45 AM
The same as the number who have been indicted or plead guilty to illegal collusion with Russia. -#13 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-08-09 10:25 AM

Apparently I was mistaken. There have been many more people indicted over Benghazi than have been indicted or plead guilty to illegal collusion with Russia.
First criminal charges filed in Benghazi attack probe
Producer of anti-Islam film arrested
Sorry for my earlier error.

#23 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-08-09 01:47 PM | Reply

About the same number of indictments issued by lurch for colusion and obstruction.

#15 | POSTED BY SNIPER

Rick Gate's and Mike Flynn have both plead guilty to acts that fall under collusion. Nice try.

#24 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-08-09 01:55 PM | Reply

Sorry for my earlier error.

#23 | Posted by Avigdore

So no one involved with Hillary Clinton was indicted.

Republicans obviously owe Hillary an apology, too.

But, I won't hold my breath.

#25 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-08-09 02:02 PM | Reply

The charges brought by Mueller's team are not connected to collusion between Trump's team and Russia
Quick, it's CNN...fake news or not fake news?

#26 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-08-09 02:04 PM | Reply

Republicans obviously owe Hillary an apology, too. - #25 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-08-09 02:02 PM
An apology for what, specifically?

#27 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-08-09 02:10 PM | Reply

The charges brought by Mueller's team are not connected to collusion between Trump's team and Russia

Nobody ever said they were. Do you understand how investigations like this work?

#28 | Posted by JOE at 2018-08-09 02:31 PM | Reply

"This is merely a Benghazi investigation for the Left. "

Mueller is a Republican, moron.

#29 | Posted by dibblda at 2018-08-09 02:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

An apology for what, specifically?

#27 | Posted by Avigdore

Oh I don't know... dragging her through the muck for years with no charges and defaming her in order to prevent her from ever getting elected to the white house?

Despite clearing Clinton of any crime, Trump still went on national television to condemn her as a "careless" public official.

In addition, even though NOTHING came of the Republican sponsored last-minute investigation before the election, and just as NO charges resulted from the first investigation Trump and his surrogates, including retired Gen. Michael Flynn, shouted "lock her up," and Republicans (like Jeff Sessions) and Humpy's mindless minions are still shouting and chanting "Lock Her Up".

But, you already knew that. Didn't you?

#30 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-08-09 03:04 PM | Reply

Quick, it's CNN...fake news or not fake news?

#26 | Posted by Avigdore

Neither. It's old news which has already been overcome by recent events.

#31 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-08-09 03:05 PM | Reply

already been overcome by recent events.
#31 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY

Please expound upon that point.

I've been hiding from my obligations...under a rock.

#32 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-08-09 03:27 PM | Reply

RSTY

The article is from June 18th, 2018.

In Trumplandia Time that is like a lifetime ago.

For example, Don Jr has since implicated himself in the Trump Tower collusion scheme with the Russians. Trump has kindly confirmed it with one of his tweets.

We have even found several more Russian spies since then.

And, of course, the Russians busy are attacking again.

#33 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-08-09 03:40 PM | Reply

I know it is difficult for someone like you to wrap your head around...

This isn't about me, babe.

#34 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-08-09 04:36 PM | Reply

You can really tell which of these alt-right idiots only watch Fox News or Infowars.
Some many of the usual suspects SO misinformed on the facts.

#35 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-08-09 05:09 PM | Reply

This isn't about me, babe.

#34 | POSTED BY comrade gonoles

You are always the victim aren't you?

#36 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-08-09 05:27 PM | Reply

when this BS about some sort of unspoken/unwritten agreement to not pursue an investigation past the 60 days out timeline , it was expressly noted that that pertained to someone who was running to be elected/re-elected....trump isn't running for anything. just another underhanded attempt by traitorous republicans to subvert our due process procedures. get cancer and die trump POS SOB

#37 | Posted by ABlock at 2018-08-10 01:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#37 | POSTED BY ABLOCK

listen to the tape nunes made concerning rosensteins' impeachment..he's either committed impeachable offenses or not. it would seem that charges should be brought at the same time as evidence made it clear that impeachment was warranted. remember when repub. kevin mCcarthy said that the bengazi hearings were held specifically to harm H. clinton? remember nunes had to exclude himself from russia investigations due to flagrant ethics lapses. republicans at this point are quislings hiding in plain sight

#38 | Posted by 1947steamer at 2018-08-10 02:04 PM | Reply

"This is merely a Benghazi investigation for the Left. "

No, this investigation is being undertaken by competent Republicans.

The Benghazi investigation was undertaken by incompetent Republicans.

#39 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-08-10 02:11 PM | Reply

Apparently I was mistaken. There have been many more people indicted over Benghazi than have been indicted or plead guilty to illegal collusion with Russia.
First criminal charges filed in Benghazi attack probe
Producer of anti-Islam film arrested
Sorry for my earlier error.

#23 | POSTED BY AVIGDORE

Wow. That was pretty stupid even for you. Those indictments have NOTHING to do with the Benghazi investigation. The investigation was about what Clinton and others did and whether they failed to protect our people.

Pretty sad there buddy.

#40 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-08-10 03:22 PM | Reply

#23 | POSTED BY AVIGDORE

Nearly forgot to add that Mueller isn't investigation "collusion" with Russia as the main focus of the investigation. Actually the focus as pointed out repeatedly is Russian interference. Collusion is one of the potential interference methods.

You should try reading more and writing less. You'd appear a good deal smarter.

#41 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-08-10 03:24 PM | Reply

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